Visiting Venice, Verona & Lake Garda

November 27th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

There is so much to see about Italy. If you’re planning another getaway with friends and loved ones, you can choose to visit the beautiful Venice, Verona, and the lovely Lake Garda. Yes, all these places are described as such because they really are sights to behold.

A Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Tour with Gateway Destinations will make you revel in the unique beauty of Italy. You’ll see the impressive architecture and network of romantic and intricate canals. For the art enthusiasts, discover the island of Murano where the famous beautiful glass designs can be found.

For those who enjoy great views, see the picturesque Verona to see the famed Juliet’s balcony. There’s also the ancient well-preserved area and the very lively piazza. It is where Shakespeare set the Romeo and Juliet love story. It’s full of drama and romance that have been the hallmark for many centuries.

Go on a northeastern Italy adventure and explore the lakeside villages of beautiful Lake Garda—the largest of all the Italian lakes. The lake became famous back in the 19th century when the road around it was completed. A lot of people visit the area during summer to enjoy the gentle climate and clean mountain air.

Venice, Verona, and Lake Garda have natural beauty that ought to be explored. Go on a tour of the lake, pass through the lovely villages, and enjoy the shoreline and the mountains in the background.

Contact Gateway Destinations if your want to embark on a Venice, Verona & Lovely Lake Garda Custom Tour.

 

 

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Travel Tips for Corfu and Crete, Greece

November 21st, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

Travel Tips for Corfu and Crete, Greece

Planning a Grecian holiday? Year 2014 will be over soon and I’m pretty sure you’ve started thinking about how you are going to spend the holidays. Staying in can be a good idea for the homebodies but it’s highly recommended that you take advantage of your vacation and go on a special trip.

Traveling to a different place can enrich your minds. You can be refueled and be reminded of the wonders of nature. If you want to explore and understand more of the ancient times, why not go to Greece and visit Corfu and Crete? Any Greek Island boasts of glorious traditions that are still evident in the modern culture of the country.

More than 15 million tourists go to Greece each year. These people experience the sun-soaked islands, scenic countryside, and the very vibrant cities. A holiday in Greece will make you experience and enjoy the blue sea, mainland coastline, sun-bleached ruins, sandy beaches, and the idyllic islands.

Gateway Destinations offers a very special travel package tour of Corfu and Crete in Greece. What makes the country more attractive to tourists? Beautiful landscapes, scrumptious food, and distinct architecture. It’s also affordable in Greece so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot while on a Greek holiday.

Corfu and Crete can be the ideal summer destination. Corfu is a beautiful lush island situated in the Ionian sea, west side of mainland Greece. The area boasts of inviting beaches and offers a variety of great dining venues and fine accommodations. Most travelers don’t know that Corfu has a lot to offer. Cruise travelers often ignore it but here at Gateway Destinations, we believe there is more to Greece.

After a trip to Corfu, drop by the Crete island—the largest among the 4,000 islands in Greece. The island offers a rich gastronomic culture, remnants of ancient civilizations, and varied topography.

All these and more can be discovered in Greek. Here are some more travel tips to Greece you can follow to ensure the best vacation ever:

ACCOMMODATION
A trip to Greece is said to be affordable. You won’t break the bank planning a trip to the islands because everything is just affordable there. Plan your trip well by looking for a very low-cost but nice accommodation. There are a number of budget hotels and hostels you can find in Greece. Just check the internet for really great deals.

FOOD
Greece is definitely known for its delectable food. There are many restaurants in the country that will perfectly prove what Greek cuisine is all about. Meals are affordable and they can easily fill you up because of the large portions that will be served. It is advisable that you eat super cheap while in Greece.

ACTIVITIES
You can do a lot in Corfu and Crete. Make sure you visit the ancient sites and enjoy different island activities like banana boating, parasailing, and kayaking. You can also enjoy diving trips and riding the ATV around the island.

EARLY BOOKING
As with any travel, it is advisable that you book early. If you plan on doing the inter-island route, you should book overnight ferries and book them early. Overnight rates are cheaper while doing an early booking would sometimes give you a discount.

TOURIST DESTINATIONS
Explore the past, visit the Acropolis, check out the beaches, attend the Hellenic festival every summer, and see the many popular tourist destinations like Meteora, Olympia, Melissani Cave, Mount Olympus, and more.

For all your specialty tours and travel needs, contact Gateway Destinations.

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Has Your Credit Card Kept Up With Technology?

November 15th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

If you have traveled abroad in the last year or so, you likely experienced your credit card being declined by a merchant even though funds were available and you let your bank know where and when you were traveling. Many countries including the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and others have implemented a “chip and pin” (or EMV) technology for processing cards in order to reduce fraud. This has made our US-issued cards antiquated and often unable to be read by merchants with newer card technology, resulting in your purchase being denied. To help ensure smoother travels, request a replacement card from your bank that has an embedded microchip and 4-digit pin number before doing any foreign travel, or find a bank that will.

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Enjoy the Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise

November 13th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise

Do you want to enjoy a self-serve wine bar? You can do so at a Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise. It is one of the most popular cruises in the world today set in the French region. Gateway Destinations is proud to offer a Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise tour for anyone who wants to relax and discover the best French wine.

The Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise tour is similar to the Alsatian Wine Route because you get to know more about wine. But it’s also different because this wine cruise tour is very exclusive. Only 22 guests are fortunate to get on the cruise at a time. Singles or couples can go on this custom tour and enjoy six nights cruising Southwestern France along the River Garonne, Gironde Estuary, and Dordogne River near Bordeaux.

This cruise is set in a cozy and air-conditional hotel barge. It’s a small boat used in canals or rivers so this tour is one intimate party. If you love French wine, you may want to attend a Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise organized by Gateway Destinations. We’ve partnered with France Cruises for this wine tasting experience. It’s a unique tour aboard a barge where you can meet new friends, spend time with your loved ones, or simply taste the most delectable wine in France.

The Bordeaux region has numerous celebrated wines and you can taste them on board at France Cruises. A personal wine connoisseur will introduce you to Bordeaux region’s best wines.

You will also get to explore Bordeaux and journey through the idyllic Perigord countryside. Enjoy a whole day of wine tasting, sightseeing, and enjoying a visit to a prehistoric cave. Visit a foie gras farm and taste this very famous local delicacy.

For more information about the Bounties Of Bordeaux Wine Cruise, contact Gateway Destinations. 

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Bask in the Beauty of Pays Basque & French Pyrénées

November 6th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

 

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There are still so much to see in France aside from Paris, Alsace, and Provence. One of the most overlooked town in this beautiful country is the Pays Basque. Also known as the French Basque country, this town can be explored by you and your friends. Aside from Pays Basque, you can explore the Pyrénées Mountains as well.

If you like nature, you will particularly find the Pays Basque and Pyrenees Mountain tour very lovely. Your senses will be awakened in these tourist destinations as you taste the clean and salty air of the sapphire blue Atlantic ocean. For the nature lovers, you will particularly love gazing at the lush mountain valleys and smell the freshness of the green forests. The beautiful and vibrant building facades you’ll see along the road will leave you breathless.

For the artistic and creative ones, you’ll love the festive clothing unique to the Basque people. The region has unique traditions that are strong and deep you’d be interested to discover more about this place.

Pays Basque is where travelers can experience the super luxurious coast of Southwestern France. In this side of France, you’ll find the picturesque and charming mountain villages plus the historic beauty of the Languedoc region’s capital, Toulouse.

Gateway Destinations will be glad to plan a women-only tour for you and your girlfriends. Get ready to enjoy the following:

  • leisurely scenic walks
  • a visit to the sacred pilgrimage site of Lourdes
  • wine and cheese tastings
  • a divine chocolate demonstration and tasting
  • cooking regional cuisine

More information about the Pays Basque & French Pyrénées Tour here.

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Discovering the Alsatian Wine Route

October 30th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

Discovering the Alsatian Wine Route

Alsace has always been known as a popular place where tasty beer and delicious wine abound. The Alsace region is rich in natural beauty. Because of the abundance and the richness of its soil, the most delectable varieties of grapes are grown there.

This little town in France was greatly influenced by its neighboring country, Germany. The Germanic impact actually extends to architecture aside from the food and the wine. When you go on a special tour, specifically an Alsatian Wine Route, you’ll be treated to some of the best wine and food in France. These will be served as you stay inside a beautiful timbered house that will be reserved just for you.

Gateway Destinations can plan your Alsatian journey, which will start in the picturesque and lively town of Strasbourg. This place is known as a World Heritage Site and can be found at the France-Germany border. As you begin the Alsatian Wine Tour, you’ll venture into the countryside and follow the wine route up to the beautiful and historic villages like the must-see Colmar.

In Colmar, you can view the different monuments and districts, as well as, museums that are popular in the country. Discover the tranquil waterways, mountain vistas, and the peaceful valleys in Alsace. You’ll be delighted to know that this simple and quaint town in France is so rich and abundant.

The Alsatian Wine Route is also known for its simple itinerary. Get to learn the greatest wine producers in the region. If you’re lucky, you can witness the wine festivals or the vineyard marathons.

Alsace is known as the second driest spot in France. It is also the white wine capital of France so you may want to take advantage tasting the numerous flavors of wine you can find.

More information about our Alsatian Wine Tour here

 

 

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Belle Provence Tour: Discover France’s Southern Jewel

October 23rd, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

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You may have gone to Paris already but let me tell you one thing: it’s not the only beautiful town in France. The south of France is where you can find Belle Provence. The name perfectly describes the many things you can discover in this place: sunny skies, perfumed air, and multi-colored fields. These are only some of the many exciting discoveries in France.

The beautiful Provence is home to many charming medieval villages. You’re transported to centuries of the past as you explore this quaint town in Europe. The best way to explore this town rich in history and filled with varied cuisine and delectable wines is on a women-only tour with your favorite girlfriends.

Gateway Destinations can plan a custom women-only tour for you. This inviting countryside is one awesome travel destination that will make you appreciate southern France more. It’s a rich area displaying the abundant beauty of nature and its people.

The women-only journey will start in the Luberon area of Provence. It is where you will be greeted by a gourmet lunch prepared by a very famous chef in town. After a hearty meal, you can enjoy shopping in Belle Provence’s colorful outdoor market where local farmers bring their goods. You can shop fresh produce while exploring the surrounding countryside.

For a more special treat, taste the Rhone wines and chocolates that are so delicious. Enjoy the unique Provençal cuisine and then retreat to a 17-th century hotel in a medial village after a long day of tour.

A bilingual French guide will be your friend while on this trip to Provence, French. Explore Avignon and discover the old home of seven popes.

Gateway Destinations can plan a women-only tour for you and your girlfriends. If you’re searching for Provence tour packages, contact Gateway Destinations’ travel agents and we’d be glad to assist you.

Here’s a rundown of the tour inclusions:
• Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Superior room accommodations
• Transfers to and from Avignon train station, all local transportation
• Entrance fees to wine tasting and sightseeing activities
• Regional wine with dinners
• Cooking class with a well-known local chef
• Local bi-lingual guide and a full-time tour manager

More details on Belle Provence France tour HERE.

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Travel Guide to Tuscany

October 16th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

Travel Guide to Tuscany

The hills are alive….in Tuscany! The rolling hills, vineyards, and olive orchards are only some of the highlights of our women-only tour to this side of Italy. The Tuscan lifestyle can be experienced with your best girlfriends if you go on this very special tour created just for you.

Discover the heart of Italy and explore the hidden regions of the region. Taste the world-renowned Chianti and Brunello wines and enjoy the regional authentic cuisines as part of the special tour.

If you want a more relaxed travel, then a trip to the Tuscany countryside would be perfent. Life is quiet and tranquil in the forested area of Chianti. See for yourself the endless views and beautiful vineyards.

To complete the experience, you’d be staying in a quaint, lovely farmhouse located at the Podere Ciona Vineyard. It will be your home for three nights. The hosts will be gracious to teach you how to cook the famous regional dishes in a cozy country kitchen.

For several days, you will travel to the nearby villages that are as picturesque as the rest of the country. A visit to the magnificent medieval city of Siena will also be part of this women-only trip.

To experience nature, you’ll venture south of Tuscany where a natural hot spring can be found. It’s situated in a small village of Bagno Vignoni. It will be another adventure you don’t want to miss. Enjoy another luxurious day at the Adler Spa Report where excellent fitness, relaxation, and spa services are offered.

MOVING AROUND TUSCANY

You can rent a car to go around town but it is more convenient to use the train as the stations are strategically placed. It’s quite affordable too so there really is no need to worry about gasoline and rental car rates.

WEATHER IN TUSCANY

Climate in Tuscany is mild. Summers are usually hotter in the valley and the coast compared to the mountains and the hills. The best months to visit Tuscany are April, May, October, and November. It’s sunny most of the time with occasional rainy days. During winter, nights can be cold but sunny during the day.

Here are some more places you can visit in Tuscany:

WINERIES. Visit any tourist-friendly wineries so you can meet the makers and get to taste wine in the region.

TOWNS. The towns of Siena, Lucca, Cortona, and San Gimignano are all enthralling and enchanting.

CHURCHS. The churches in Tuscany are considered iconic. You may start touring the Basilico di San Franceso in Arezzo.

SHOPS. Shopping in Tuscany will be fun. Check out the handmade paper products, gold, and leather goods. Shopaholics will love this town.

Gateway Destinations can customize a women-only tour for you and your girlfriends. Your tour will begin and end in beautiful Florence. If you’re interested to visit Tuscany, contact Gateway Destinations.

Learn more about our Chianti Cooking & Tuscany Spa Retreat Package HERE.

 

 

 

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Avoid Suspected Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards While Traveling

October 15th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

Avoid Suspected Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards While TravelingHave you ever experienced the inconvenience and even embarrassment of having your credit card declined for a purchase while traveling?  Due to the increasing amount of fraud, card issuers are even more vigilant in approving charges that appear out of your customary spending habits.  Make it a habit to call your bank or other card issuer before you leave home and let them know where and when you will be traveling. 

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10 Travel Tips to Peru

October 9th, 2014 / blog / 0 comments

1o Travel Tips to PeruPeru may not be the most popular destination for travelers but it is highly-recommended for women-only groups. What better way to learn the interesting life and work of the Peruvian women than with your girlfriends?

Gateway Destinations offers a customized tour package that lets you discover the mystical beauty of modern Peru.E xplore the Sacred Valley with Peru’s top historian as your tour guide. By visiting a private visit to the largest private colonial art collection in Latin America, you can learn about colonial history.

You can also learn more about art safari by going to a vibrant mountaintop city of Cuzco. And to learn the modern Peruvian women’s role in the society, visit a weaving project and a community agricultural site.

Our Peru In All Its Splendor women-only tour will be a 9-day journey that lets you discover art, beauty, and food in this South American country. It’s a trip worth taking as it is filled with many adventures. It’s not only fun, it’s also educational. 

Traveling to Peru anytime soon? Here are some tips:

1. Take care of your migration card. An Andean Migration Card will be handed to you at the airport. It is imperative that you don’t lose it. Bring it with you everywhere because you’ll need the card especially when you check into hotels.

2. Hold onto your bag. Watch you bag and other belongings very carefully. It’s relatively safe in Peru but it’s best to be careful. You don’t know when pickpockets and thieves will strike.

3. Always bring wet wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer with you. It’s best to be prepared and hygienic at all times.

4. Haggle. When shopping, it’s okay to haggle. Don’t pay more for stuff you usually find in your country. Check the quality. If you like the product, negotiate the price.

5. Most establishments accept soles or US dollars. It’s okay if you only have dollars with you because people will accept the American currency in Peru.

6. Wear sunscreen. Because the sun is intense in Peru, make sure you wear sunblock or sunscreen all the time. Even if it is cloudy, put on skin protection.

7. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear. It’s warm in Peru so wear light clothes and flip flops if possible. However, there will be a lot of walking so comfortable rubber shoes or sneakers are also recommended.

8. Choose street food vendors that have a lot of crowd. If you get hungry, there are street foods to choose form. Search for a crowd or those dining areas that have a lot of people so you know food is clean.

9. Always carry coins. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Peru but it’s best to have coins to pay for public restroom access or pay food street vendors.

10. Hot water is a luxury in Peru. Sorry, but you may have to shower with cold water while on tour.

More details about our Peru Tour Package HERE.

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